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>> what a beautiful morning. >> let's keep the conversation going. you can find us on facebook and twitter. our handle is cnn bottom line. "cnn saturday morning" continues right now with the top stories we're watching. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "cnn saturday morning." egypt on edge. thousands of furious protesters pack tahrir square after their new president makes a bold move for unprecedented power. so far, so good, that cease fire between israel and hamas is holding for now. but there are real fears even the slightest flare-up could kick off chaos. how was i to know he would do a dumb thing like that?
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>> and tv's original bad boy. hollywood reacting this morning to the death of "dallas" star larry hagman. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 a.m. on the west, and here's where we start this morning. larry hagman's family says he was surrounded by family at the end. the 81-year-old actor died of complications from cancer. he's best known for his iconic portrayal of j.r. ewing in the show "dallas." it's a role that he always called his favorite. peter fonda said goodbye to his friend on twitter, saying hagman brought so much fun to everyone's life. cnn entertainment corresponde m correspondent careen winter joins us. i understand that you are at larry hagman's star on the hollywood walk of fame. are people showing up to pay their respects? >> not yet, but you can bet that will change as the morning
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continues. we are right next to larry hagman's star. still quite early here, so i'm sure there are many people who are waking up just finding out about the sad news. perhaps they're still unaware. that's very popular strip in hollywood. you can bet things will pick up as the morning continues. but you mentioned some of thely in. some people absolutely stunned. for example, barbara eden, best known from "i dream of jeannie," the 1960s hit, larry hagman's co-star, she took to facebook to really detail her feelings, how she's feeling right now. she wrote "i, like many others, believed he had beat cancer, and yet we're reminded that life is never, ever guaranteed." of course, hagman came forward last year publicly revealing that he had cancer, but said it was a very common form, very treatable and he was so active despite his storied career from the 1960s, 1970s hit on
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"dallas." he was acting from the very end, everything from "desperate housewives" to the reboot on tnt of "dallas." he had filmed scenes for the second season airing in january. so he did not slow down despite his personal health struggles, and so a sad day in hollywood and a lot of people, simon cowell showing his respect on twitter, linda gray, who was larry hagman's best friend for 35 years. she called him such a kind, loving soul. and what was also important to note with that is when he was approached to be a part of this reprisal of dallas, one of the first things that came out of his mouth, he told piers morgan, he asked are my friends going to be a part of it? he was such a great guy. had such a great connection with hollywood. such wonderful relationships with people he started his career with. and that's what he'll be remembered for. >> yeah. and speaking of linda gray, i had a chance to speak with her when the new season of dallas
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was starting, and we talked about larry hagman and she said they really are family, they really were true friends. so it was a sweet relationship, working relationship over the years. we'll continue to check back with you. careen winter there with us on hollywood boulevard. people will tell you that larry hagman was more than just j.r. ewing, but that defining role was still his favorite. colleen mcedwards has more now on his iconic career. >> reporter: larry hagman we're many hats in his career, but is best known for the stetson that he we're in "dallas." hagman will always be remembered as the villainous j.r. ewing. >> and you drove cliff to attempt suicide? >> how was i to know he was going to do a dumb thing like that? >> reporter: when j.r. was shot by an unknown assailant, it became one of the most famous cliffhangers in tv history, watched by 300 million people from all around the world.
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hagman never expected the show to endure. >> i just started the show doing six shows. i never thought i would do 300. >> reporter: in fact, the dallas franchise was so successful, the series was recently reprised. the u.s. network tnt brought it back with a new generation of ewings, and hagman came back, too, returning as j.r. once again. critics say he was the best thing about "dallas." but explaining the character's appeal, hagman once said the time is right for a real bad guy and i'm it. >> have a good day, master. >> oh, i'm going to have a wonderful day, jeannie. >> reporter: it was a good guy who larry hagman blasted into people's living rooms, playing astronaut tony nelson on "i dream of jeannie." the show was a hit in the 1960s and is still popular in syndication. even as a kid, hagman orbited in show biz, as the son of "peter
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pan" star mary martin, his movie roles included "up the cellar" and "harry and tonto." it was only after milking a huge contract from the producers of "dallas" that hagman became immensely wealthy. he had houses, he had cars, he had vices. two of them included drinking and smoking. he smoked for 24 years, gave it up, and became an anti-smoking activist and spokesman for the american cancer society. >> i met at least 30 or 40 people that said they quit because of my personal involvement, which makes me feel really good. >> reporter: he stopped drinking in 1995 when he was diagnosed with liver cancer and underwent a life-saviing transplant. >> if we won in vietnam, we wouldn't be having this conversation. >> reporter: in recent years, hagman appeared on the big screen in films like "nixon" and
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"primary colors." but it is his role as the charming oil man that audiences will never forget. colleen mcedwards, cnn, atlanta. sad news in the sports world today as well. former world champion boxer hector camacho has died. i want to bring in nick valencia to talk more about this. from what i understand, he was taken off life support in puerto rico, right? >> he was. i just got off the phone with a spokesperson with the hospital there in puerto rico. she said hector camacho suffered a second heart attack this morning at about 1:45. shortly afterwards, his heart stopped working. he was taken off life support and officially pronounced dead. if you remember, he was clinically pronounced brain dead on thursday, but today he was taken off life support. known for just as much for his fl
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flamboyance. but later in his life, he really gained notoriety for his battles with drug addiction and the law. now he is pronounced dead today at the age of 50. >> for those of us who haven't been following us, just get us up to speed on exactly how this happened, why he was on life support to begin with and where the suspects are. >> early this week, he was with a friend outside of a bar in the early morning hours, at which point there was a passing gunman that opened fire on the car that he was in. it killed his childhood friend. he was shot in the jaw, right in the face. and he was severely injured. initially, doctors said he was expected to survive, but he took a turn for the worst, suffered a heart attack and then suffered a secondary heart attack earlier this morning at about 1:45 and was taken off life support. >> and the gunmen -- and there's another suspect that are still on the run? >> our local affiliate in puerto rico reported there was a shootout nearby, and those gunmen managed to escape after that shootout. i spoke to the puerto rico police department earlier this morning.
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they didn't have an update for me on the status of where the supports, are but we're working that part of the investigation. >> all right, nick. you'll keep us up to date on that. thank you for that. one of the fbi's ten most wanted fugitives is expected back in the u.s. this weekend. federal agents snagged jose luis signs thursday night in mexico. he's accused of killing his girlfriend and two rival gang members in l.a. in 1998. he's also wanted in a fourth murder in 2008. the fbi offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. one deputy is dead, another critically wounded after a shooting near mobile, alabama. the sheriff in baldwin county offered this tribute to scott ward, the slain officer. >> i had personally worked with this deputy a majority of my career. i knew him very well. i'm very proud of him. a big loss. but he was doing his job. and we'll pull together in a
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time like this and we'll honor his memory by carrying on. >> the gunman, michael jansen, was also shot during the incident and pronounced dead at the scene. some new video coming into us from an explosion that levelled a strip club in springfield, massachusetts. the blast also damaged more than 20 other buildings and injured 18 people. here's the actual video of the blast that could be felt four miles away. officials and witnesses say it's a miracle no one was killed. the blast is blamed on a natural gas explosion. the cease-fire is holding between israel and gaza. we'll take a look at the political winners and losers and the u.s. role going forward. maria cardona and amy holmes will be joining me in just moments. but first, a very good morning to catalina island, california. thanks for starting your morning with us. with verizon.
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13 minutes past the hour. in egypt, anti-government protests are much smaller than they have been the last couple of days. these are live pictures out of tahrir square in tie rocairo. the country supreme judicial council is calling morsi's move an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judicial branch. we've been focusing this morning on the cease-fire in the middle east and the prospects of long-term peace between israel and hamas. joining me as they do here every week. cnn contributor maria cardona and amy holmes. good morning to both of you. on the world's political stage, maria, who was the big winner here? >> i think because there was a cease-fire, the winners for now are the israelis and the palestinians who actually were
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suffering through this. politically, i think that president obama is a winner here. netanyahu is a winner here. hillary clinton is a winner here. i think hamas is a winner here because they now have shown that they are legitimate, that they have to be taken seriously politically in order to get any real permanent solution done, which at the end of the day, i think is what everybody is really looking for. >> amy, what do you think? >> well, up until 24 hours ago, i would have said president mohamed morsi. clearly he felt that his position was greatly strengthened by brokering this peace deal between israel and hamas in gaza. but i think he's overplayed his hand. you just showed that video of the protests there in cairo. we'll have to see where this goes. the great fear is that the muslim brotherhood, like other fascist organizations, will be one man, one vote, one time. and we've seen the muslim blo brotherhood move very swift tloi consolidate their power.
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>> the u.s. stood squarely behind israel throughout this conflict. does that quiet any critics who thought president obama was soft on israeli security? >> i think it absolutely should. what we saw even before the election here in the united states is that netanyahu has said time and again even in the face of critics that there has been no stronger ally to israel than the united states. the criticism kept comincoming, though. after this incident, i really do think the critics will be quieted. there's a lot of talk about how successful the iron dome program wus was. it deflected over 80% of the rockets that were fired into israel. president obama has committed more funding to iron dome. and i think that it really does cement the fact that this president and this administration has been a tremendous friend and ally to israel and that is not going to change. >> looking to the future, amy, with egypt's mohamed morsi
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stepping in to broker the peace, does it show that the region no longer needs the u.s. to take the lead role? certainly secretary of state hillary clinton was there, but maybe not a lead role anymore in this type of negotiation. >> no, and in fact, the united states was very crucial to president morsi negotiating that peace deal because he ge a lot of money in aid, $3 billion a year from the united states and he has a very fragile economy. but i'd like to go back to president obama. and he is getting praise from critics even on the right who saw that his first administration, he himself said that in order to be able to influence israel, that the united states needed to create daylight with israel. well, now it appears that he has reversed that position and his position now is that the united states needs to back israel, and as he said over and over and over, israel has a right to defend itself. >> so israel has elections coming up in january. maria, how do you think this is all going to play out in that election? >> i think that this incident,
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again, like i said in my first answer to you, netanyahu comes out looking very, very strong. and in fact, his opponent, who was as i understand going to announce a run against netanyahu before all of this started, has now backed down, and now it might be too late for him to announce anything, for anyone to announce rung against netanyahu, and he certainly has been strengthened. he showed that he was -- he had the ability to go up against hamas, to defend israel against anything without, frankly, starting a ground war or any sort of ground invasion. so i think that in order to -- or in his ability to really walk that balance, walk that tight rope, he has been strengthened. now, the cease fire right now is very fragile. so we'll see. as we know in politics, anything can happen. so we'll see. but for right now, if things stand the way they are, i think
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netanyahu is very strong for his re-election. >> maria cardona, amy holmes. you'll be back with me later this hour. we're going to talk about the fiscal cliff and how one leading republican may be ready actually to break ranks with his party to get a deal done. so we'll see them just a little bit later. small businesses struggling to recover after superstorm sandy. we'll introduce you to one business owner who is trying her best to stay afloat. [ male announcer ] introducing...
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good morning, new york city. already a busy day there, columbus circle, folks out and about doing some holiday shopping. maybe just taking in the city.
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enjoy your day and glad you're starting it with us here at cnn. it's been nearly a month since superstorm sandy devast e devastated portions of the northeast. for some family businesses, it's not clear if they'll make it out of the mess. cnn's poppy harlow spoke with one small business owner who is struggling to survive. >> reporter: right before superstorm sandy, the streets were quiet outside liberty industrial gas and welding. >> that's less than ten minutes. >> reporter: this is night fall as the waters begin to rise. >> so at this point, i think it's gone. >> reporter: and industrial park in brooklyn sandwiched between two bodies of water. >> this is the canal coming into the harbor which is going to meet up with the river. and liberty is right here. we really had quite a surge because of the canal and the river meeting in this area and flooding these streets. >> reporter: ashley murray's family business devastated.
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this is very heart for you personally. and i can see it in your eyes. >> yeah. it's just we're devastated. it's just been a devastating process. there needs to be a little bit more hope. >> reporter: do you feel rgotten? >> a little bit, yeah. this was once a really nice showroom. >> reporter: 80% of her inventory gone. >> essentially we have moved everything into our stock room so that we can work from the sidewalk. so now this is where we are functioning our store from. we have one functioning computer, one printer and we have people coming in from the rolldown door. >> reporter: before sandy, you didn't have any debt. now? >> now we're probably looking at $700,000 to $800,000 in debt. >> what kind of help have you gotten from the government? >> nothing from the government. >> reporter: ashley found government loans with 6% interest. her bank did better with a line of credit at just over 3%.
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>> we had chop saws and boxed items -- >> reporter: there go the lights again. the challenge of doing business again, even the generators fail. things are so bad here in red hook that this business right next door to ashley's is literally drying invoices like this with a hair drier. what does this business mean to you? >> everything. it's my life. >> reporter: ashley's employees watched her grow up working alongside her father. >> if this business went under? >> i think i would go under, too, you know? >> reporter: now it's up to her to save their jobs. >> there's so much history here. the community, our customers. we really do have a great business here and i think we can make it great again. >> reporter: poppy harlow, cnn, new york. accepting the other one's existence. it's been a stumbling block to middle east peace. but will the latest conflict between israel and hamas change the dynamic? we'll get the palestinian view. ♪
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welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. here are five stories that we are watching this morning. sad news from the world of intertinment. actor larry hagman has died. his family says it was complications from cancer. hagman is best known for his iconic performance as j.r. ewing on the tv show "dallas." he was the ultimate villain. but today, people are remembering him as much more. peter fonda said goodbye to his friend on twitter, saying hagman
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brought so much fun to everyone's life. number two. hundreds came out to protest at walmart stores across the u.s. on black friday. the group our walmart says it's fighting for better wages and better health care. the company said this black friday was its "best ever." former world boxing champion hecker camacho has died. he was taken off life support at a hospital in san juan, puerto rico, today after suffering a heart attack. the 50-year-old was declared clinically brain dead earlier in the week after being shot in the face on tuesday. police are looking for the gunman and another suspect. the sounds of protests in egypt's capital, cairo. demonstrators are furious at what they say is the president's
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new power grab. mohamed morsi has issued a decree disabling the courts and giving himself unchecked powers. egypt's muslim brotherhood is coming to morsi's support. it's called for nationwide demonstrations tomorrow and a million man march starting tuesday in cairo. the body of yasser arafat will be exhumed on tuesday. forensic experts from france, switzerland and russia will take samples to test for possible poisoning. mr. arafat's body will then be reburied in the west bank. palestinian officials hope the test will clear up questions over whether arafat's death in 2004 was the result of poi zonk by a radioactive substance. let's get back to the middle east now. there is a cease-fire in place. that is good for now. but the violence could easily spark up again without a long-term solution. joining me now, a former palestinian negotiator and
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adviser for palestinian president mahmoud abbas. now she is at the institute for middle east understanding. good morning to you what. do you see is the most important issue for palestinians? >> good morning. well, i think if we're going to be honest and move forward, then we're going to have to begin to address israel's 45-year military occupation, and in particular, it's ongoing siege and blockade of the gaza strip. that's with respect to gaza. but in terms of the bigger picture, it's not just a question of gaza, but also a question of israel finally ending its military rule over palestinians living in the west bank and in east jerusalem as well. this is the only way that we're going to begin to move forward in this region. without addressing this underlying problem, which is israel's denial of freedom to millions of palestinians, then we're just going to continue to see violence in the middle east. >> many folks in gaza, of course, want this blockade lifted so they can go in and out
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at their free will. but if israel were to abandon the blockade, especially on the egyptian border, what is to stop the flow of weapons from iran into gaza? >> well, it's important to look back in history and to see how the border was actually operated in the past in. the past, from 2005 onward, there were european monitors at that border making sure precisely what was coming in and what was going out. it ended up being that in 2006, these monitors ended up being ousted by israel, not being allowed in, and this is why we now have these tunnels that are in place. if we want to move forward, it's a question not only of ending the blockade of gaza in terms of the egyptian gaza border, but also allowing palestinians who live in the gaza strip to see their families in the west bank as well. there are arrangements that can
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be made, particularly with european monitors and other monitors in place. what is not acceptable is to continue a six-year-long blockade over the gaza strip with only israel controlling every aspect of palestinian life, including down to the very caloric intake that they've determined will prevent malnutrition. >> certainly many of the businesses there have suffered as a result. but you have said that israel needs to recognize hamas if there's going to be any chance at lasting peace. but can't the same really be said then for hamas, that they need to recognize israel's right to exist? >> well, in the past, this is precisely what hamas has done. the spiritual leader of hamas came out and said that if israel ended its occupation over the west bank in the gaza strip, that it would enter into a long-term cease-fire, or truce with israel. he was then assassinated. his successor made similar remarks, was also assassinated.
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his successor also made similar remarks, was also assassinated. and even the current leader of hamas has also made similar remarks regarding israel. so i think if we're going to move forward, it's not just a question of recognizing hamas, which needs to be done, but also beginning to put into place this idea that we simply can't get rid of hamas. hamas is not going to go away and that israel has -- and the united states has to now deal with them. >> can there really, though, be peace as long as the palestinians are split into these two factions? you have the palestinian authority in the west bank and hamas in charge in gaza. >> well, the fact that there is a split between the west bank and the gaza strip has certainly hurt palestinian interests, but it shouldn't be used as an excuse to continue to allow israel to deny millions of palestinians their freedom. this is what is precisely been
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done. israel comes forward and says we refused to talk to hamas. we don't want to talk to mahmoud abbas. so the settlements continue. the land confiscation continues, the blockade continues. so rather than the world looking for excuses as to why not to pressure israel, they should be looking for reasons so as to pressure israel to finally end its military rule over the palestinians and let them live in freedom. >> diana, thank you so much for your time this morning. looking for a solution on the fiscal cliff, one senator now bucking the party line. but will that help get a deal done? we'll look into it. hurry in this saturday and sunday for great deals. like the lucid by lg, free. or the galaxy nexus by samsung, free. this weekend, get the best deals on the best devices on the best network.
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cliff. 38 days and counting. in fact, that's how long we have until the country hits the so called fiscal cliff when automatic spending cuts go into effect. it is main focus in washington. maria cardona and amy holmes are back with me now to talk about this. saxby chambliss lashed out at grover nordqvist. nordqvist and his group are the ones that pushed that no new taxes pledge signed bay majority of republicans in congress. here's what chambliss says. i care more about my country than i do a 20-year-old pledge. he's willing to let the political consequences take care of themselves. raising taxes has been at the center of the fiscal cliff dispute. democrats demanding it. republicans saying no way. so amy, is this a sizable crack in the republican armor? >> we are seeing that the two sides are going to need to negotiate if we don't go over the fiscal cliff. i would point out that patty murray, a democratic senator from washington state says we
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should go over it, certainly in contrast to the rest of her party. so i think that we're seeing negotiations on both sides. but i want to point out what the fiscal cliff really means. it means the tax rates go up for everyone across the board. if you earn a paycheck, your taxes are going up. that's not just your federal income tax. that's your social security tax as well. we've been on a social security tax holiday, people are unaware of this, only as employees paying in 2.4%. after december, everyone will be paying 2% more. so this really is taxmaggedon. >> you heard it there, maria. house speaker john boehner says that he wants obama care on the table in this fiscal cliff negotiation. the president has said he's willing to thereon any good ideas. i'm not sure if he's going to think this is a good idea. you think he might listen to this one? >> i think he'll listen, but i think at the end of the day, it's going to be what are in the
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details. i think what we need to remember, what came out of this election, the clear mandate of this election was two things. number one, for our leaders to come together in a bipartisan manner to put everything on the table, to find real solutions. number two, that the majority of americans agreed with president obama's vision of one of the ways to fix the fiscal cliff had to be to put new revees and to raise the tax rates of the wealthiest americans. president obama won eight out of the ten wealthiest counties in this country in this election, randi, which means even the wealthiest understand they have to put some skin in the game. so i think that going into this, i applaud senator chambliss, because that tax pledge i think should go the way of the dodo bird, because once you box yourself in, you are not leaving yourself open to some real
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solutions. americans want real solutions. >> well, i'm not trying to dump coal in your holiday stocking, but when you look at this spa s situation, should we really expect a lame duck congress to fix a problem that we have been staring at for years? >> the whole reason why we have this fiscal cliff looming is because they couldn't fix the problem the first time around with the debt ceiling, so they built in what was supposed to be these disciplinary measures that would force both sides to come to the table. now, what saxby chambliss is talking about, the grover nordqvist tax pledge, he could very well be talking about the social security tax, which i think both sides actually will agree raise back to that 6.2 level because it was supposed to be a payroll tax holiday. as for having skin in the game, the top 5% of earnings in this country, they earn a little over 30% of all income in this country and they pay nearly 60% of federal personal incomes tax. so this whole idea of fair share to me has been a complete
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distortion of who pays taxes in this country. now, moving forward, what is the best tax plan that will get this country moving? remember, it was president obama himself who said raising taxes in a weak economy, everyone agrees, is a bad idea. >> so, do you think we'll get anything done, maria? >> yeah, i think we do. because again, the man date that came out of this election was for everybody to come together, and what republicans need to understand, and i think that they do, which is why you're seeing senators like chambliss bakically say that he's turning his back on this pledge, is that the gop has a massive problem with their brand right now. they are seen by a jimmer fredette -- majority of the american people as obstructionist. it's the reason they gave president obama four more years to finish what he started. when you have people on the right from ben stein to bill crystal basically saying that raising taxes on the rich should
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actually be on the table and they should give president obama what they want, i think they understand the brand problem that the gop has going into this. >> maria cardona, amy holmes, great to have you on this morning, as all. thank you both. >> thank you, randi. republican rising star marco rubio made headlines this week when he tried to walk the line between science and faith-based creationism. famed tv scientist bill nye joins me next to tell us just how old the earth really is and how we know all that. you know how to dance... with a deadline. and from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. this is awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is, business pro. yes, it is. go national. go like a pro.
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welcome back. if you're planning a vacation overseas and haven't decided where to go, well, think about paris. cnn's alina cho tells us why in this week's travel insider. >> reporter: i lived in paris during college, so going back always brings back memories. one of my favorite things to do, then and now, sit outside and sip espresso or a glass of wine at a cafe. the french invented the concept.
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cafe de flore is my pick. and for dinner, across the street is also great. if you've never been to paris, take an afternoon on a sunny day and ride this boat. they are open air and allow you to see the entire city by sea. for the arts, this museum houses spectacular murals by monet. for shopping head to avenue montaigne, the madison avenue of paris. then, grab your walking shoes, walking all the way up and back down is a great way to work off a meal. and speaking of food, don't forget to buy a real baguette sandwich, or a crepe on the street. soon you'll feel like a native. alina cho, cnn, paris. how old is the big blue
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welcome back. a controversial statement by a rising star in the republican party grabbed headlines this week. florida senator marco rubio, a practicing catholic, tried to walk the line between science and faith-based creationism when asked how old the planet is. here's what he told "gq" magazine. i'm not a scientist, i don't think i'm qualified to answer a question like that. at the end of the today, i think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and i think this is a
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country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. i think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says, whether the earth was created in seven days or seven actual eras, i'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. it's one of the great mysteries. famed television scientist bill nye joins me now from los angeles. good morning. so you, like other scientists, say that we know how old the earth is and that the topic is not even up for debate. but every so often a politician makes headlines either denying science or casting some doubt here. so tell us, as far as you know, how old is the earth and how do you know it? >> the earth is four and a half, 4.5, 4 billion years old. so there are certain elements that are created -- that were created in exploding stars, and especially the big bang, and we rely on those elements for our everyday life in order to have the quality of life that we
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have. but the idea is certain elements change from one element to another. the verb is they transmute, and the classic is our good friend rubidium becomes stronthium. the reaction of that is 48 billion years. sometimes the laboratories will observe something for 15 years to get just it just exactly right. so then you work back ward to the age of the rocks. the thing -- let me just say about mr. rubio's comment, you talked about opposing theories. but he went on to claim that there's no connection between our scientific understanding of the age of the earth and the economy and i very strongly disagree with that. >> let me interrupt you there and read that quote because this was another part of his answer
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to "gq," saying that's another dispute and i think it has nothing to do with the economic growth of the united states. i think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. so what do you make of this? you obviously don't agree that science has nothing to do with the economy and growth. >> so the reason we have smart phones, the reason we have television, we're able to talk on opposite sides of the continent, the classic example for me is smoke detectors. the reason we have these things is because we understand the reactions, the nuclear reactions that take place in elements and protons and neutrons. without that deep understanding, we wouldn't have everything you can touch and see in our environment. the built environment. so this claim is just as far as i'm concerned is just wrong. now, i'm not going after
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anybody's religion. that's not it. just the earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old. and further more, we rely on these discoveries for our everyday life, especially here in the developed world. >> and what's the danger -- >> so my claim -- >> let me ask you about the danger in terms of what this teaches children. do you still believe that teaching children -- that the earth is anything but 4.5 billion years old, the same as teaching them that it's flat? >> well, the word same -- it's a pretty good analogy. in that you can show -- you very easily demonstrate that the earth is not flat. with a little more understanding, you can show that the earth cannot possibly be 10,000 years old. it's just wrong. so what you're asking a kid to do, you're asking that kid not to use his or her critical thinking skills, not to use the ingenuity that made the united states what it is today. you're asking them to deny our
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ancestors who made these remarkable discoveries through diligence and careful scientific understanding. and it is in every way connected to the economy. so you were talking earlier about the branding problem that this political party has. this is something they might want to consider. we all rely on this technology. >> do you think the age of the earth and creationism should be a political issue, or no? >> well, here's my -- this is what i think started this whole thing. back in february. and i'm delighted that you're taking time with me. the -- what makes it political is when you want to use tax dollars intended for science education to teach this obviously wrong idea. nonscientific idea. so that's where everybody gets -- that's where it becomes
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political. if you recall, the judge in dover, pennsylvania, called it breathtaking inanity. but it means roughly silly. the idea is so preposterous that the guy inhaled strongly. >> it does have a lot of people -- >> it's a deep concern for a country that wants to be a world leader, wants to grow, wants to have jobs and middle class jobs. >> no question about it. thank you very much for weighing in. appreciate that, bill nye. we have much more ahead in the next hour of "cnn saturday morning." it starts right now. this is "cnn saturday morning." it is saturday, november 24th. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. hollywood is mourning the loss of tv icon larry hagman. we'll look back at the actor's life and unforgettable career
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and hear how his famous co-stars are reacting to news of his death. in massachusetts, a massive gas explosion as a strip club caught on video. we'll tell you why this actually could have been much, much worse. and if you missed black friday, get ready for cyber monday. but before you buy anything online, there are things that you need to know to avoid getting ripped off. he was the bad guy that america loved to hate, and today family, friends, and fans all over the world are celebrating the life of larry hagman. the 81-year-old actor played many roles over his decades long career, but it was his masterful portrayal of j.r. ewing, the good-looking greedy oil tycoon in "dallas" that made him a superstar. >> you drove cliff to try to commit suicide? >> how did i know he was going to do a dumb thing like that? >> he reprised his role earlier
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this year. behind the scenes, hagman suffered several health scares over the years, some related to his battles with kalcoholism an smoking. it was complications from smoking that took his life yesterday at a hospital in dallas. fans and co-stars have been reacting all long to his passing. karine winter is live at his star on the walk of fame. >> reporter: a lot of people will be coming out here paying their respects on hagman's famous star on the hollywood walk of fame here. right in the heart of hollywood. as you mentioned, an outpouring of support from hollywood. so many people who have championed larry's career over the years, who worked with him, who have known him personally, friends, family members. i want to read a handful to you. first one from joan collins. she wrote "oh no, just heard
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about larry, he was magnificent as j.r. and inspired me to play alexis, that famous role on "dynasty"." barbara eden, who hagman co-starred with in "i dream of jeannie," the little show that went on to become such a huge hit, especially in seyndication. she wrote larry was always simply larry. it was just who he was. i'm so thankful that this past year i was able to spend time with him and experience yet again larry in all his big texas bravado. linda gray wrote so sad to lose such a wonderful, dear bigger than life friend. larry hagman was one of a kind-and-will be with us forever. and finally, patrick duffy, another dallas co-star wrote, and this one so touching, my friend is taking a break. pardon my silence.
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love, patrick. those are just a few responses we've been seeing on twitter, on facebook. as you can imagine, there will be more that people will be writing about as the morning progresses. larry hagman, he really became a house hole name back in the late 1970s. that villainous role on "dallas." a man that we love to hate. such a huge show for him back then. but believe it or not, he still acted throughout the years. most recently, "desperate housewives." he was involved in big films, blockbuster films from "nixon" to "primary colors." you mentioned off the top, tnt's reboot of "dallas." he had to have been a part of that, so such a storied, storied career. the big question is although this is secondary, what producers of that show are going to be doing right now, we know that hagman was filming scenes for second season, which kicks off in january, and is also reporting that hagman had completed a number of those scenes, a number of those episodes, six out of the 15, so
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writers will perhaps have to go back to the drawing board to recreate that storyline with his passing right now. production is going to change a little bit. but that's all secondary. right now, everyone, especially folks here in hollywood, they're pausing to remember the life of this iconic actor. >> and he will certainly be remembered very, very fondly. kareen winter, thank you for that. hector camacho, the former boxing champion, is dead. he was taken off life support today by his family. last night, his mother, maria, told reporters in puerto rico, "for me, he's not alive." the former boxing champ was shot in the face outside a bar near san juan news night. he was at first expected to survive, but his condition worsened and had been declared clinically brain dead this week. one of the fbi's most wanted fugitives is in custody. jose luis saenz was captured and faces prosecution in los angeles
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for the murder of two gang members and his girlfriend in 1998 and another murder ten years later. he was added to the most wanted list three years ago. the fbi offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. a frightening scene in springfield, massachusetts. a gas explosion ripped through a strip club, leveling the building. you saw it right there. caught on camera. fortunately, about an hour earlier, emergency crews had evacuated the area after someone complained about a strong gas odor. 18 people were hurt. most of them were firefighters and gas company workers. the explosion was so strong it damaged two dozen other buildings and could be felt ten miles away. >> i jumped. i could feel the garbage cans move next to me. i could hear the window shaking. it could tell that it came from this part of the city. >> officials are investigating what caused that blast. a sheriff's deputy in alabama is dead, another critically injured, after they
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were shot during a domestic disputd call. police say the officers were called to the home to settle an argument, and that's when the suspect michael jansen allegedly opened fire. police say jansen was also shot and killed. we all know of the enormous health problems that arose after 9/11. similar issues are emerging in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. we'll investigate in hard-hit long beach. a
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gas rationing ended this morning in new york city, more than three weeks after superstorm sandy. the city had been rationing gasoline by odd and even days since november 9th. if you can believe it, 30,000 people are still without power in new york and new jersey. governor chris christie says the storm caused an estimated $29.4 billion in damage to new jersey alone, far higher than early estimates. adding to the concerns, medical
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issues that are beginning to emerge in sandy's wake. cnn's mary snow reports from new york's long beach. >> reporter: lurking in the devastation from sandy is yet another worry for homeowners. exposure to toxins, mold, and dust, and in some places, sewage. long beach homeowner fred morello will only enter his house wearing a protective suit and mask as he clears out areas that were submerged in several feet of water. >> i am concerned about mold, sure. but at this particular point, i don't have the time for it. i have things to get done and they've got to get done, so i protect myself as best i can. >> reporter: while he says he has no time to get checked for the cough he now has, others have been showing up to tents set up by federal medical assistance teams. commander kevin mcgillicutty says besides people seeking psychological treatment, they mostly come in complaining of
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coughs, bronchitis and asthma since the base was set up. >> we've been treating 70 patients a day. since we've started this base, we've treated over a thousand patients. >> majority of them with pulmonary problems? >> that would probably be the best guess. >> reporter: the commander stresses it's unclear how many cases are linked to people with chronic conditions being worsened, combined with the fact that access to their regular medication has been tough. some of those questions are in the hands of the long beach medical center, which is taking over now that it's been able to set up a makeshift emergency room in its parking lot. the hospital is still closed because of the storm. dr. robert cantor heads the e.r. unit and says it's the unknowns that concern him. >> sort of like 9/11. at this point, who knows? it's down the road we'll find out a lot of problems. >> reporter: mary snow, cnn, long beach, new york. >> how to track down the hottest
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high-tech toys are big this holiday season, but actually finding them can be quite difficult. karen reports on ways to track down the most popular presents without wasting a whole lot of time. >> reporter: just like their parents, many kids want tech toys this holiday season. whether it's a tablet designed just for them or something that sbrarkts with a device that they
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already have. >> you download the furby app and you can open up different things in it. >> reporter: but with the same things topping lots of wish lists, they can be tough to snag. >> both the tablets and furby will be difficult to find. the purple and the teal are particularly difficult colors to get your hands on. >> reporter: luckily, tech makes the chase easier. toy expert lori shack says the search no longer entails going store to store. >> i'm a big fan of sticking in the name of the toy, googling it and i find it amazon, google, toys 'r' us, walmart, everyone is going to come up, and i can choose by price or knowing they have inventory on it. >> reporter: similarly, the rez laser app lets you see what stores have something in stock. toys 'r' us revamped its apps for the holidays and users can search for a toy at nearby stores and arrange pickup directly from their smart phone.
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and if mom or dad spots that store in target shelves, they can keep the surprise under wraps by scanning a qr code on the box and ordering online. black friday may be over, but the hunt for bargains has just begun. 147 million shoppers are expected to hit the stores this weekend. and then there is cyber monday. online shopping is expected to climb and projected at $96 billion. how do you stay safe when you're browsing for bargains? i spoke earlier with mcafee's online security expert and asked him about social media scams. >> so bad guys are creating fake social media pages with too good to be true offers and then luring in unexpesuspecting vict. once you click on those links, it can infect your page and your
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pc. just delete those links, don't go to those status updates and be careful out there. >> all right. that's good advice. what about malicious mobile apps? i mean, we're downloading apps all the time on our phones and things. >> yeah. recent studies show that as much as 33% of mobile apps are actually sharing information that you'd rather not, like location. they are actually -- when you download these apps, they can even infect your mobile device with spyware. so only download mobile applications from say google play or apple itunes, whereas if you go to third party sites, your device can be infected. also be aware of what information you're communicating on certain apps. always update your mobile device with anti-virus as well. >> and a lot of people during the holiday season, they love to get those gift cards, but you say some of them are bogus. >> yeah.
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bad guys are creating fake e-tailer websites. they are designed to get you to enter your credit card information. often these fake sites revolve around gift cards. so if you're searching out a gift card, you don't know if that site is going to be there the next day. basically you should buy your gift cards at the kiosk at the mall, or at the brick-and-mortar store, places that you know, like, and trust and always tell the people who receive your gifts to spend them immediately. >> we've heard the term "fishing" before in our e-mails. now there's this holiday term called smishing. >> that is to text message what fishing is to e-mails. basically bad guys send you text messages designed to get you to visit a website. once you click on these links, a couple things can happen. you can download a virus right to your device, to your mobile device, essentially infecting it with spyware that spies on your
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activity, or it will bring you to a device that will ultimately give away your credit card data. any time you receive a text message for an offer, just hit delete. always be careful out there. and update your device with anti-virus as well. >> and he says there are safe sites out there like e-bay, amazon and best buy. the key is to make sure that you start shopping at sites that you know, like, and trust. there's an update in the tragic story today of hecker camacho. the former boxing champ was shot in the face tuesday outside a san juan bar, then took a turn for the worse. with verizon. hurry in this saturday and sunday for great deals. like the lucid by lg, free. or the galaxy nexus by samsung, free.
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he was a perfect blend of boxer and entertainer. now hector camacho, the champion who defeated fighters like sugar ray leonard and roberto duran is dead. joining me now is nick valencia to talk a little bit more about this. it's not really a surprise, right? because he had been declared officially brain dead this week, but now the question was whether or not he would be taken off life support? >> right. on thursday he was declared clinically brain dead. today he suffered another heart atta attack. shortly after the shooting, he had had an initial heart attack. that's when his condition went from expecting to survive to being put on life support. >> we know certainly he was an incredible boxer. he brushed gloves some of the greatest. but he also had some clashes with the law. >> some people call thhim the lt
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of the great middleweights. in 2007, he robbed a computer store. he served about two weeks. in 2005, dating back to his drug problems, he was arrested on a robbery charge. police found ecstasy on him. >> we know that cocaine was found where he was shot. any leads or suspects? >> spoke to the puerto rico police department earlier today and their investigation is still ongoing. we know that there was a shootout, according to our local affiliate, a shootout locally. the suspects got away. they fled on foot. they have not been arrested. this is his hometown just outside of a bar. a passerby came and shot at the car, but no drugs were taken. nine bags of cocaine found, a tenth bag open, no drugs taken at the scene. his friend died, he was in the driver's seat. hector camacho took a bullet to the jaw and severely injured. today he is dead at 50 years old. >> he had done so much trying to help crime in the area and clean
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himself up. >> he was trying to clean up his image. he was on "dancing with the stars" on univision as well as had his own quest for love on a youtube channel. he was trying to rebrand a more cleaned up image of himself. but evidently, too little too late. >> all right, nick, appreciate the update. celebrations in gaza as hamas declares it's the winner in its standoff in israel. we'll tell you why the group indeed may have emerged from the conflict even stronger. if we want to improve our schools...
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egyptian president mohamed morsi triggered massive protests when he announced thursday that courts cannot overturn any law he's issued since taking office in june. krcritics call it an anti-democratic power grab. today, egypt's highest judicial body called on morsi to stay out of all judicial matters. life is slowly returning to normal in gaza three days after hamas militants and israel agreed to stop fighting. children returned to school
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today and despite a shooting near the border yesterday that reportedly left one palestinian dead, the cease-fire is holding. the next phase of the truce talks of potentially easing israel's economic blockade in gaza and opening border crossings. the death toll in gaza was much higher than in israel, but hamas is calling the conflict and the truce a political victory. brian todd has that story. >> reporter: in gaza, celebrations and declaration of victory. this is the side which had scores of its facilities destroyed, more than a hundred of its people killed. yet for the leaders of hamas, it signifies a strategy that works. >> i think people fear now that the only way to push for different positions is resistance. >> reporter: many observers agree hamas emerges from this conflict stronger than it was before. >> in ways, it's con sal dated, it's supporting gaza.
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>> reporter: it was hamas's rockets that put the palestinian cause back on the world stage, not the diplomatic tack taken by mahmoud abbas. hamas also has the support of regional powers turkey, egypt and qatar, making the group much less isolated than it was before. many say that hamas's street kr cred among palestinians have grown stronger. abbas remained almost invisible. >> mahmoud abbas never looks good when he's standing by while palestinians are dying. of course, israelis are dying, too, but for palestinians who are naturally going to feel a very strong sense of empathy and solidarity with their brethren in gaza doesn't look mahmoud -- good. >> reporter: what does the strengthening of hamas, which
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the u.s. and israel consider a terrorist group, mean for security in the region? >> i don't think that hamas will become moderate, but i think it's much more pragmatic than many people actually attribute to it. they saw that the alternative to a cease-fire will be a ground invasion by the israelis, which they knew would hit them even further. >> reporter: and it's not as if israel never negotiates with hamas. the israelis had to have spoken indirectly with them to achieve this cease-fire. after they captured and held the soldier, israel negotiated to get him released. brian todd, cnn, washington. earlier this morning, i talked with the spokesman for the israeli government. i asked him if israel believes the cease-fire with hamas will be something permanent. >> we hope that this will be long-standing. we have no illusions about hamas's agenda. they haven't suddenly moderated
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their positions. but in the framework of the understandings, the hamas movement has promised egypt to abide by this cease-fire and that gives us a certain amount of confidence. one way or the other, we hope this quiet for the people of southern israel will last. after all, they deserve a period of quiet. they've been on the receiving ends of those rockets from gaza day in and day out for too long now, and if they get peace and quiet, if they no longer have to live in fear of that incoming rocket from gaza, if they don't have to run to bomb shelters, that's a good thing and we're thankful for it. >> some israelis have been subjected to those rocket attacks, have said that they were disappointed that israel did not take a stronger action. a poll in israel showed that 49% of israelis surveyed wanted the government to continue the military operation. why did israel decide to go with a truce at this point? >> i think we thought that the
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opportunity that egypt put on the table, that this halt of hostilities was worth exploring. it was an opportunity that we should explore. ultimately, if hamas breaks its commitments to the egyptians, if hamas does reignite violence and start shooting at our people again, we always have the option to act to defend ourselves, as any country would if it was attacked. we hope we don't go there, but once again, if hamas breaks its violation, israel will respond. we hope they don't. we hope the cease-fire lasts. >> the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has said that israel will not hesitate to take strong action in the future if it's necessary. could that involve a ground invasion? is that still on the table? >> if hamas breaks its commitments to the egyptians, if hamas does escalate the situation again, in fairness, i'd have to say that all options would be on the table, because then we will say that we've given diplomacy a try and
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diplomacy didn't work. and no government would sit idly by and see its civilian population targeted by terrorists soting rockets into our cities. no one would stand for that and we won't either. the biggest challenge, i think, to this quiet is, of course, iran. because hamas's arsenal of missiles, those weapons that were fired at israeli cities, has been substantially depleted, because of our surgical strikes against their arsenals, against their military machine, and they have very few left. and so i don't think they have a lot of motivation to start another round now. of course, the government in iran will do what it can to replenish those supplies and try to rearm hamas as quickly as possible and therefore it's very important for us, for the united states and hopefully for egypt to act in a precise way and prevent iran from rearming hamas. >> hamas is claiming victory here in getting this truce. how do you see it?
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did hamas score a victory? even after the truce was announced, there were several rockets that fell on israel. >> i think in fairness, hamas will always claim victory, but the truth is, in the eight days of fighting, we hit them hard. we hit their commanding control. we hit their missile stocks. we hit their communications. we hit their organization. we hit their military machine. and i think there's a certain amount of bravado in hamas's behavior. we didn't want this conflict in the first place. we wish we didn't have to defend our people, and we hope now the quiet will prevail and that there will be no need for israel to act to protect our civilians. >> once again, that was the spokesman for the israeli government. this story is particularly close to my heart. it's about a 9-year-old who refused to be a victim of bullying, and when she took matters into her own hands, her school and her entire community noticed. we'll introduce you to her.
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welcome back. a 9-year-old girl is taking a stand against bullying. she even came up with an idea to stop it, an idea even her school hadn't thought of. our affiliate in denver has her story. >> reporter: not too long ago, john's daughter told him about bullying. >> they were picking on my clothes. i thought that that was really mean, so i wanted to help him. >> reporter: and then she told him this. >> i stood up for myself and i would like to stand up for everyone. i pledge to be a buddy, not a bully. >> reporter: standing up for others by standing in front of the school board. >> you are making a commitment
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to yourself, your fellow students. >> reporter: isabella came up with be a buddy, not a bully. they are given a bracelet to wear around school to show their support. >> it basically entitles the kids to step in. >> reporter: the idea was so successful, the school district implemented it through all of its k through 5 schools. >> if not for the likes of our students along the lines of isabella griffin, we'd have our hands full. >> reporter: as you can imagine, doing all of this at the age of 9 hasn't been a piece of cake. quite frankly, what she's accomplished so far has been pretty sweet. >> thank you. >> so sweet. and joining us now via skype from colorado is 9-year-old isabella griffin and her father john. good morning to both of you. isabella, congratulations on this great work that you have done. certainly comes in handy for so many kids, i'm sure. how many people have now signed
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your pledge? >> well, we are actually waiting for our symbol, which is the bracelets, to come, and then we will go from there? >> and are you surprised by the fact that the school picked it up as their official program? how does that make you feel? >> well, it makes me feel really good that now that i've presented it to my school, they are going to make it happen. >> yeah. we have some of what you'd call your confidence points listed here. these are things that a buddy would say to help a friend who is being bullied. one of them that stands out is "don't listen to them, you know you are better." these are really important points to think about when you're in the midst of being bullied. how did you come up with these?
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>> well, i have done a lot of research, and i have come up with these because, well, i remembered what i did for myself and i know what i could do for others, so i thought about what i could say to them to make them feel better. like don't listen to them, they're wrong. or be who you are, you're fine the way you are. and something like that. >> john, you must be so proud of your daughter. did you expect this to come out of the work that she was doing? >> absolutely not. basically, isabella sat me down and presented 20 pages worth of information on why she wanted to create a club in school, and when i really sat down and i
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looked at everything she was doing, it occurred to n ered toe needed to take this to the principal. because this plan can be implemented not only in the alamosa school district, but i think it can be a model for schools nationwide. >> so great to see such a young girl doing such good work. if you'd like to sound off on stories about bullying, you can tweet me now or any time. use the #bullyingstopshere. i'd love to hear what you think. shopping at the stores this holiday season or online? we'll tell you thousahow the bas ramping up and thousand difference is narrowing.
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welcome back. some may wake up a multi-millionaire tomorrow. the power ball lottery jackpot is now a whopping $325 million. that is the fourth largest jackpot in the game's history. you have to buy a ticket before 10:00 p.m. eastern time tonight to be included in that drawing. so get out there, call someone you know and get it done. online shopping versus going out to the store. used to be the big advantage for shoppers who bought at the store was getting the merchandise that they wanted immediately, right there. but as dan simon tells us, even that gap is narrowing. >> reporter: online versus brick-and-mortar. the battle has never been so intense. for years, internet merchants like amazon had a key advantage in states like california. no sales tax. local bookstores already under pressure by the rapid rise of ebooks and large bookstore
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chains felt particularly squeezed. michael tucker owns a chain of bookstores in san francisco. >> if you can save 10%, why wouldn't you? >> reporter: but amazon's tax advantage recently disappeared in california, adding 7% to nearly 10% to the cost of each order. it also began taxing in other states like pennsylvania and texas. online retailers collect tax only for states where they have a physical presence. now here in california, amazon is building two giant warehouses. including this one near los angeles. it's a million square feet, and for old fashioned retailers, it's another reason to worry. why? because amazon's goal is to get items to customers faster and to be able to offer same day delivery. that's right. you can avoid stores if you want and have a package delivered to your house in a matter of hours. a win for consumers, but tough for local retailers. >> if amazon creates
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distribution centers and facilities on their turf locally, that takes away the one advantage that we see retailers have left to compete against amazon. so it is a big deal. >> reporter: internet analyst colin their game. >> retailers need to take a lesson from amazon. they need to focus on the consumer experience. they need to become more sophisticated both off line and online. >> reporter: those who want a lesson on how to thrive can learn from books inc in san francisco. >> we had almost everything that comes down the pike that could flatten the industry. >> in a tidal wave of industry, a dozen stores are thriving. >> everybody can get the books. but the staff that's we have and the readers that we have that are working with the public, that's the difference. that's the different factor. we have tremendous staff that are engaged with those communities. >> reporter: a basic reminder to all retailers, internet and otherwise, that good customer service can mean the decisive
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factor in winning over business. >> thank you. >> reporter: dan simon, cnn, san francisco. the united states relationship with egypt put to its first test after mohamed morsi issued a controversial legal decree. when traveling to other cities and countries, the best way to get a taste for the place is through the local food, of course. we have a global list of 100 places to eat like a local. and your recommendations will play a big part. david mattingly takes us to puritan back room in manchester, new hampshire. >> reporter: i'm david mattingly in manchester, new hampshire. when i want to eat like a local, i go to puritan. the menu is good for a little light reading. there is something here for just about everybody. but when people talk about this place, more often than not, tail thank you about the boneless
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breast of chicken with the special sauce. that's supposed to be what makes it really different. also, the fried chicken tenders. this is co-owner. tell me what is so special about these? what makes them world famous? >> supposedly the chicken tenders were invented here way back when in the early '70s. one of the previous owners was dealing with a poultry company. they had these -- he called them one day. he said he had scraps left over. do you want to do anything with them? so the chicken tenders, believe it or not, were actually invented right here at the puritan back room. we had perfected the marinading, the frying, the batter, the oil, everything we've done is -- people will come worldwide for our famous chicken tenders. >> when you say chicken tenders, you're talking about different kinds of chicken tenders here. >> we're talking about our original chicken tenders.
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we now have spicy chicken tenders. we have coconut tenders and buffalo tenders. as if anybody would still have an appetite after they ate all this, what makes the mudslide special? >> there is no ice cream in it. even though we make our own ice cream, it is strictly alcohol. >> and how many different types do you have? >> we have probably 15 different types of mudslides. >> so there it is, to eat like a local in manchester, new hampshire go, to puritan back room. >> well, eye reporters, here's your chance to help us create a food lover's map of the world. go to places and send us a photo of your favorite restaurant and dish. tell us why it's special, why you love irt, how you might have discovered this place. the definitive list of 100 places to eat like a local will be revealed in march. and some eye reporters will make that list. so stay tuned to see if you're
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"when a person dies," she said, "someone must open the window so the soul can depart." i smiled and squeezed her hand. "not tonight, britta. not tonight." [ female announcer ] to nurses everywhere, thank you, from johnson & johnson. cnn newsroom starts at the top of the hour. fred is here. >> per usual, our legal guys will be here tackling the most fascinating cases of the week beginning with a case in coral springs. a family who has a child with down syndrome has a cute little pig as a form of therapy. in this city, they don't consider a pig like this. they don't consider anything except for a dog or cat to be a working animal. and so there might be a penalty, a fine, removal of the pet involved. yes, our legal guys are going to
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tackle who has the real leverage in this case. and then the housing market. is this a good time to sell or to buy? low interest rates, the market is flooded with a lot of available properties out there. is there real balance in the industry up ahead? we'll talk about whether this is a good time for buying or selling or both. and then family stress this holiday weekend. you know, you would think that everyone getting together that simply means that there's a lot of harmony in the household. but we also know that there is a lot of consternation. so we'll have some great advice on how to keep the harmony. how to keep the love under the roof top this holiday season. >> yeah. >> families, find that zen. all that straight ahead beginning noon eastern time. >> great advice coming up, i'm sure. we'll see new just a moment. >> okay. >> egypt's new president played a vital role in attaining a cease-fire in the latest conflict between israel and gaza. now many egyptians are rising up
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against the leader they voted power putting washington into a precarious position. cnn's dan loathian explains. >> reporter: at the white house, a sense of calm. kicking off the holiday season with the arrival of a 19 foot tr christmas tree. >> it is perfect. exactly what we need. >> reporter: while the president headed to the golf course. but the white house is closely watching developments in egypt. protests, violence at times, and anger over what some see as president morrissey's power grab, declaration prevent anything court from overturning his decisions. >> it appears timing is curious. he's gotten the support and this bump, particularly for his role in mediating the cease-fire from the united states and from others. he's really seen as emerging stronger from this. >> but now concern from the obama administration, state department spokeswoman victoria
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newland saying the decisions and declarations announced on november 22nd raise concerns for many egyptians and for the international community. one of the aspirations of the revolution was to insthur power would not be overly concentrated in the hands of any one person or institution. while president obama was on his southeast asia trip this week, he spoke by phone with president morsi in an attempt to seal a israeli-gaza cease-fire. it is a relationship of trust. it's too early to tell if this latest move will change that. >> let's wait and see how morsy uses the powers. up until now, he's done pretty well in terms -- from the western perspective in working with israel. he has a lot to prove to the outside world and his own people. >> and that was dan loathian reporting. the obama administration is calling for call nm egyptian and encouraging the government to


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